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#22Days project promotes healing and reconciliation

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The Anglican Church of Canada will mark the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its work to address the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools with a project reflecting one of the event’s key themes—that this ending is just the beginning.

The church is calling for 22 days of prayer and renewal in its commitment to healing and reconciliation for all the peoples of Canada—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—that will begin Sunday, May 31, at the start of the TRC closing event in Ottawa, leading up to the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on Sunday, June 21.

The #22Days project includes four major elements:

  • A specially created 22 Days website (www.22days.ca) with resources on the history of residential schools, the relationship of Indigenous peoples to the Anglican Church of Canada, the work of the TRC, and worship material for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer;
  • Sacred stories on the 22 Days website telling the experiences of residential school survivors—stories of trauma, shame, and abuse, but also courage, resilience, and hope—accompanied by a daily prayer;
  • A wall on the 22 Days website where users can post their own stories of learning and describe their commitment to improved relations with Canada’s First Peoples; and
  • The ringing of church bells across Canada for each of the 1,181 indigenous women and girls who were reported murdered or missing between 1980 and 2012. Bells may be rung on National Aboriginal Day or throughout the 22 days. On three successive Wednesdays (June 3, 10, and 17), some Anglican churches across Canada will ring their bells 1,181 times at 2 p.m. local time, starting in Newfoundland and ending in British Columbia, ringing for an estimated five and a half hours.

At the heart of the #22Days project—endorsed by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, along with National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and the Anglican House of Bishops—is a commitment to listen to the stories of residential school survivors and work for positive change.

For almost a century, the Anglican Church of Canada worked with the federal government to run a total of 36 residential schools for Indigenous children.

While some participants may have had nobler intentions, the underlying colonial aim was the destruction of Indigenous cultures by taking children from their families, driving many parents and children into social dysfunction and addiction. Many of the students who attended the schools suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

A growing recognition that this was wrong led the Anglican Church to withdraw from running the schools in 1969, yet it took another quarter century before the church offered an apology to children and their families. The church has been striving ever since to live into that apology and confront ways in which it has embodied colonial attitudes.

In 2008, the Anglican Church of Canada joined the federal government and four other denominations to establish the TRC under court order through the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“The call from the Primate and bishops to ’22 Days’ of prayer, listening, witness and commitment is part of our commitment to take seriously the recommendations of the TRC, and the responsibilities that are handed along to us as their work concludes,” General Secretary Michael Thompson said.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 26, 2015

Witness Blanket to bear ‘eternal witness’ to residential school history

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Art Babych

Posing before the Witness Blanket at Ottawa City Hall (L to R): Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; National Inuit Leader Terry Audla; Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC); Artist Carey Newman, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Marie Wilson, TRC commissioners; and Elder Irvin Sarazin. Photo: Art Babych


A “Witness Blanket” made from pieces of Indian Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and cultural structures was welcomed at Ottawa City Hall May 22 as the first event before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) begins marking the end of its six years of work.

Joining with Mayor Jim Watson and a large number of guests in council chambers were Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC; Master Carver Carey Newman; and Elder Irvin Sarazin.

Watson said the city “is honoured to display the Witness Blanket so residents and visitors can explore it and experience its powerful messages of loss, grief, strength, reconciliation and hope.”  The artwork will remain on display for the next six weeks.

Murray said the commission has “revealed to Canadians the complex truth about the history and the ongoing legacy of the church-run residential schools, and begun the historic process of healing and reconciliation.” But he added in his closing remarks, “a commission like the TRC cannot itself achieve reconciliation.” Reconciliation implies an ongoing relationship, said Murray, “and in order for relationships to work they require commitment and faith.” Some people say that reconciliation in the context of residential schools will never happen, Sinclair said. “It’s not a question of whether reconciliation will happen. It’s a question of whether reconciliation should happen. If we all agree that it should, then it will.”

Artist Carey Newman said he was honoured to participate in the truth and reconciliation process “and to provide a tangible visual legacy for the many, poignant stories that survivors from across the country have shared through this process.”  The blanket is meant to bear eternal witness to this important part of Canadian history, he added. “It is also meant to create awareness and encourage open conversation.”

By having the exhibition in Ottawa, “the seat of the government that created the Indian Residential School system,” said Newman, “we honour the survivors and the children who were lost, and move forward with hope for true reconciliation and a better future.”

Newman, who is the son of a residential school survivor, plans to showcase the Witness Blanket across Canada over a seven-year period. He calls it “a monument to commemorate the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era.”

Also present for the event were the other two commissioners, Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild, along with Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and National Inuit leader Terry Audla.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is holding its closing events in Ottawa from May 31 to June 3, 2015.

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Anglican Journal News, May 22, 2015

Ring the bells

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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(This article first appeared in the June issue of the Anglican Journal.)

Is there any more wonderful sound than the bells of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, or those of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Christ Church Cathedral in Canterbury, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in old Quebec City? Is there any more wonderful sound than the bell of our own cathedral or parish church? A few have multiple bells with teams of bell ringers. A few others have carillons with trained chimers. Most, however, have but one bell, rung faithfully week by week by someone who has done it for many years.

The bell is rung to call people to worship, to welcome the newly baptized, to announce the newly married and to mark occasions of community celebration or mourning. For those who have died, the bell is tolled.

In remembrance of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada, our National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and I are calling for a special ringing of church bells across the country from May 31—which marks the beginning of the final national event of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission—to June 21, the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer. This call is endorsed by the House of Bishops of our church.

To ring the bells is, first and foremost, an act of remembrance. Since 1980, 1,017 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered and 164 have been classified by the RCMP as missing under suspicious circumstances.

To ring the bells is to pray for their families. For some, there has been some consolation in receiving the body of their daughter, sister or mother, to hold it with love and bury it with dignity. For others, there has never been, and may never be, an opportunity for such closure. They live in the anguish of a hope continually pierced by despair.

To ring the bells is to call attention to this national tragedy and a trend that shows no sign of reversal. According to the 2014 federal government report, Invisible Women: A Call to Action, “Aboriginal women and girls are among the most vulnerable in Canadian society. They are three times more likely to be the target of violent attacks than non-Aboriginal women and girls.” Many Aboriginal women and girls are trafficked and exploited through the sex trade. To ring the bells is to break what is essentially  “a silence” about this tragedy.

To ring the bells is to honour the demand for a national inquiry.

To ring the bells is to stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities in their cries for increased policing, protection and emergency health care services, for increased provision for safe houses and programs for counselling.

Ring the bells however you will. Consider tolling the bell for as many times as there are murdered or missing Aboriginal women to date. Toll them over the course of the “22 Days,” perhaps at a designated time of day with prayers and commitments to help our country address this tragedy. (See related story, pp. 10–11.) Some may want to ring the bells in concert with the ringing of the bells of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, at noon on May 31, and others may choose to ring them on Sunday, June 21, the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer.

Just ring them!

For educational and liturgical resources to accompany your ringing, check out 22days.ca.

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Anglican Journal News, May 22, 2015

Wycliffe principal elected bishop of Dallas

Posted on: May 23rd, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

Dallas Bishop-elect George Sumner will be consecrated on November 14. Photo: Contributed


On May 16, George Sumner, principal and Helliwell Professor of World Mission at Wycliffe College in Toronto was elected as the next bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Dallas in Texas.

Sumner said he felt “stunned” and “humbled” to have been chosen. “I’ve been a priest for a long time, but it’s a whole new phase of ministry with lots of dimensions that I don’t yet know much about.”

In an interview, Sumner said that he had been to the diocese of Dallas many times over the years, “sometimes to preach, sometimes to recruit and to go to conferences,” and that “it was the kind of place that I admire and felt an affinity to.” He said that he felt a strong call from God to “be open to this possibility and see what happens.”

Of his work at Wycliffe, Sumner said he feels good about what he has been able to do as principal. “Wycliffe College is in a strong position: financially, in terms of students, in terms of faculty, morale, new programs – I will be very sad to leave. I love Wycliffe College, but I am confident that it is in a strong place to move ahead.”

He also shared his excitement about the work he will be taking on as bishop. “Dallas is in a remarkable moment,” he said. “It’s been successful at church planting and it has people who are good at that, so my goal is just to help them continue the good work they’ve done.”

As particular interests, he cited his commitment to Christian formation among the youth of the diocese, and “encouraging the clergy theologically, spiritually and pastorally.”

In a way, returning to The Episcopal Church will be going home for the American-born Sumner, who was educated at Harvard (B.A.) and Yale (M.Div, PhD) and ordained to the priesthood in the diocese of Western Massachusetts in 1981.

While he is happy to be returning to the U.S., Sumner said he has “an immigrant’s love” for Canada. “I admire a lot about this country and will miss it. I have been blessed to have been here.”

Sumner is set to be consecrated as bishop on November 14.

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Anglican Journal News, May 22, 2015

Anglican ecumenist to lead CCC

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Communion News Service

The Rev. Canon Barnett-Cowan shakes hands with her predecessor, Lt-Col. Jim Champ. Photo: Bruce Myers


A new chapter of the Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan’s lifelong ecumenical engagement has begun with her installation as the new president of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) on May 14.

The current Interim Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and its former Director for Unity, Faith and Order, she was unanimously elected to a three-year term as CCC president by the council’s governing board. She succeeds Lt-Col. Jim Champ of the Salvation Army.

A priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, for which she served several years as ecumenical officer, Barnett-Cowan had previously served a term as one of CCC’s vice-presidents. She brings with her a wealth of ecumenical experience, having been engaged with various inter-church dialogues and councils of churches at the local, regional, and international level.

“I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen for this important voluntary position. It is wonderful to be able to put the experience I’ve gained working for the ecumenical life of the Anglican Communion to use in the service of the Canadian churches,” Barnett-Cowan said of her appointment.

“The CCC is one of the broadest ecumenical bodies in the world, and has much to offer to the Canadian landscape at this time,” she added.

The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, representing 25 churches of Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions.

Barnett-Cowan will conclude her short-term appointment as the Anglican Communion’s Interim Secretary General in June.

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Anglican Journal News, May 20, 2016

APCI asks to be recognized as a territory

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Pastoral elder Jimmy Toodlican of Scw’exmx and pastoral elder Amy Charlie of Lytton Parish move the motion to adopt the resolution. Photo: André Forget


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At its May 1 Assembly, the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) unanimously passed a historic resolution asking the synod of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and the Yukon to recognize APCI as a territory with rights to elect a bishop through its own nomination and electoral processes.

“This recommendation will forever change community relationships within the Anglican church,” said suffragan bishop for APCI Barbara Andrews. “We are asking to be defined as a territory, that will both set us on a new path and allow us to honour those we have hurt in the past by our corporate actions…”

If APCI becomes a territory, it will be named as a geographic area and it will “enshrine our unique governance model,” said Andrews.

The resolution, moved by pastoral elder Jimmy Toodlican of Scw’exmx and seconded by pastoral elder Amy Charlie of Lytton Parish, was a product of the bishop’s task force for the election of a bishop for APCI, which had been given the task of exploring how APCI might be given more control over its episcopacy.

The task was not a particularly easy one.

When the diocese of Cariboo ceased to operate in 2001 after it was bankrupted by residential schools lawsuits, Anglicans in the central region of B.C. regrouped into an assembly and have since occupied an unusual place in the Anglican Church of Canada. As APCI is not a diocese, it does not have a diocesan bishop – Andrews is a suffragan to the Metropolitan (senior bishop) of the province of British Columbia and the Yukon, though she functionally serves as leader of the parishes.


Bishop Barbara Andrews addresses APCI Assembly delegates. Photo: André Forget


As Cathy Wozlowski, a lay delegate from St. George’s church in Kamloops, put it in comments made to the Assembly, “Right now, we know we exist, but because there is no precedent for us, the ecclesiastical province and General Synod do not recognize us – so as far as they are concerned we don’t exist.”

APCI’s members would like to attain a greater degree of autonomy over their affairs, but they also do not seek to become a diocese.

Bud Smith, speaking on behalf of the bishop’s task force, explained the reluctance to return to a diocesan form of organization as being rooted in a commitment to practicing concrete reconciliation.

“We said [in 2000] that we were going to wind up the operation of our diocese [of Cariboo] in a way that was a sacrifice of our organization,” he said. The hope was to start a process that would be “some kind of greater or continuing healing and reconciliation for all that had happened in our diocese, particularly surrounding the residential school in Lytton.”

As part of this, back in 2001 APCI had committed to placing the needs and considerations of its indigenous members first, followed by the needs and considerations of the non-indigenous parishes and, finally, the administrative needs and functions of the ecclesiastical province. It is a commitment that APCI has attempted to realize by providing its indigenous members with 15 extra seats, with voice and vote at its assembly, in addition to those already held by delegates from indigenous parishes.

But while APCI had continued to evolve its own way of doing things, it did not have autonomy over its own affairs, and its bishops were appointed by the ecclesiastical province.

The solution suggested by the task force, and which was given the unanimous approval of APCI’s indigenous council on March 29, was to have APCI recognized as a territory, with the right to elect its own bishop. Being recognized as a territory would give APCI the autonomy of a diocese, without forcing it into the structure of a diocese.

But there was another reason why the term “territory” was appealing – as Nellie Joe, an indigenous delegate from Shulus noted: “The word ‘church’ or ‘Anglican church’ still has an affect on the survivors of the residential schools. As soon as they hear ‘church’ or ‘Anglican’…they either quiver or freeze – they still haven’t gone through that recovered state.”

Joe believed that the term “territory” would carry less baggage than “diocese. While these are certainly uncharted waters for the Anglican Church of Canada – as Smith put it, “there’s no other place that does not have a diocese that will also have a bishop that will have an ascribed area that functions in the same way as a diocesan bishop” – it is not without precedent.

“We already have within our provincial canons, which have been there for decades, a provision for dioceses, regions, or territories,” said Archbishop John Privett, Metropolitan of British Columbia and the Yukon. “So in some ways it’s going to fit in well, we just haven’t used that term for a long, long time. I think it’s part of reaching into the past for what was possible, to create the future.”

Having been passed by the Assembly, the resolution will now go on to the provincial synod this fall, where it will be voted on again.

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Anglican Journal News, May 02, 2015

Journal wins 24 awards

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Journal staff

 
The Rev. Megan Collings-Moore, Anglican chaplain at Renison University College, was featured in Big Care on Campus, which won first place in the features category. Photo: Contributed


The Anglican Journal received 25 awards, including eight awards of excellence, at the joint convention of the Canadian Church Press (CCP) and Associated Church Press (ACP) held April 27 to May 1 in Toronto.

Journey to Jerusalem Sunday, a multimedia web page produced by the Journal and Anglican Video was awarded first place by the ACP in the reporting category for theme issue, section, or series: news service/website/blog. The newspaper also received first place in the CCP’s best publication website category.

Editor Marites Sison and staff writers Leigh Anne Williams and André Forget won two first-place awards from the ACP in the categories of social media and online/new media: integrated communications.

Art director Saskia Rowley won two awards of excellence, three awards of merit (second place) and two honourable mentions (third place) in the design category. Rowley won first place in the CCP’s feature layout and design/newspaper category for Big Care on Campus and an ACP award of excellence for the front cover of the February issue. Rowley won second place CCP awards in the categories of front page, website design and edition layout and design. Rowley received an honourable mention from the ACP for the front cover of the October issue and for her design of the February issue.

Contributor Diana Swift’s Big Care on Campus won top honours in the CCP’s features/newspaper category. Swift also shared a second-place CCP award with Sison in the category of  in-depth treatment of a news story, for the coverage of the conflict in Sudan. Swift’s reflection, A Powerful Lesson in Christmas, was recognized by the ACP with an honourable mention.

Journal contributing photographer Michael Hudson won the ACP’s award of excellence in the single photo with an article or cutline category.

The Journal picked up three other awards of merit (second place). Sison and  assistant to the editor Janet Thomas won in the ACP’s Letters to the Editor/all media category. Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, was awarded by the CCP in the category of theological reflection for Lent: Time to take heed. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald received a CCP award for his column, Walking Together.

The newspaper also won third place in the ACP’s Best in Class, national/international newspaper category and and in the CCP’s best use of multi-media on a website category, for Journey to Jerusalem Sunday. 

Sison’s editorial, A boy named Andrew, won an honourable mention from the ACP. Staff writer André Forget’s Pilgrimage, which looks at Anglican responses to homelessness, received an award in the ACP’s news story, website/news service/blog category.

MacDonald’s column, Walking Together, also picked up an honourable mention from the CCP.

Two diocesan publications — Crosstalk (diocese of Ottawa) and Saskatchewan Anglican (diocese of Saskatchewan) were also recognized by the CCP. Crosstalk editor Art Babych won second place in the news photo category for Honour on the Hill, and second place in the feature photo for The Last PostSaskatchewan Anglican managing editor Jason Antonio won first place in the feature photo category for Harry Baldwin. His newspaper picked up first place in the media review category for Heresy: A history of defending the truth, by the Rev. Canon Howard Green, and third place in the column category (Circulation up to 9,999) for The Rev. Dell Bornowsky.

Founded in 1916, the ACP is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America; the CCP, which has its headquarters in Toronto, began in 1950 as a fellowship of editors.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the awards received by the diocesan publications Crosstalk and Saskatchewan Anglican.

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Anglican Journal News, May 02, 2015

New director brings ‘strong strategic skills’

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Meghan Kilty, the new communication director for the Anglican Church of Canada, said her experience with the church has been both “a personal and professional journey.”       Photo: Contributed


Meghan Kilty, the newly hired communication director for the Anglican Church of Canada, has been researching ways that communications can support community resiliency.“I think that’s very apt, considering a lot of the changes and ways in which the church is really going to be pushed and pulled and stretched to grow” in both the short and long term, she said in an interview. “Through struggle and difficulties, I really believe there’s an opportunity for growth and that communications is a really critical component for that.”

Kilty is completing her master’s degree in a joint communications management program from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and Syracuse University in New York. Her research examines “the impacts of crisis, communications strategies and tactics in times of public tragedy.”

“Ms. Kilty brings strong strategic skills and a passionate sense of engagement to this work,” Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said of her appointment. “That combination will serve our church well, not only in the communication capacity of the national office but across the range of communication challenges and opportunities in front of our church at every level.”

Kilty begins her work for the Anglican church in the year leading up to General Synod 2016, where members will be facing contentious issues, including a resolution to amend the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriages.

When asked about what experiences best prepared her for her duties with the Anglican church, she said it is a combination of her work experience and her “strategic mindset.” She said that she has “vast experience both in strategy and tactics” and that she pairs the practical with “the academic way of approaching communications.”

Until recently she was content specialist at York University, where she supported communications for the vice-provost of students, working on “everything from social media strategy to event management and communications for student life at the university,” she said. Her work included co-authoring a social media protocol for the division of students and acting as an expert social media adviser for more than 350 employees. Kilty said she developed and led the communications strategies for a key York recruitment event, which brought more than 4,300 visitors on campus in November 2014.

In 2013, Kilty co-led a conference workshop at the university on how content strategy could help communicate messages to a variety of audiences in a short time frame.

Kilty is currently a committee member of METRAC’s Toronto Safe City committee, which aims to “identify safety changes and initiatives to prevent and reduce violence against women and vulnerable populations at high risk of physical and sexual violence in the city.” (METRAC was founded in 1984 by the Metropolitan Toronto Council at the height of brutal sexual assaults and murders of women in the city.)

A member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, Kilty said her experience in team building and leadership will be an asset. “I really believe in collaboration, and I’m looking forward to supporting and working with the team and helping us all grow as we move forward through a challenging few years.”

Kilty said her experience with the Anglican church has been both “a personal and professional journey.” She was raised in the Roman Catholic Church but was received into the Anglican church in 2005. In 2006, she began work as a communications co-ordinator for the prominent parish of St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto. That experience introduced her to “what it’s like to support ministry and a ministry team,” she said, and gave her a view of the landscape of the church and relationships between local churches, dioceses, the national church and the global Anglican Communion.

When asked about her vision for enhancing the church’s communications, Kilty said initially she is looking forward to “listening and learning a lot. I come in with a certain understanding, but I want to really take a step back and move forward being well-informed.” She added that she hopes to work with the communications team and senior leadership to “collaboratively create the strategy to best serve the needs of the ministry and the church moving forward. “

Kilty, 37, was raised in North Bay, Ont. The mother of Madeleine, 7, says she loves being a parent, and true to her northern Ontario roots, enjoys hiking and paddling.

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Anglican Journal News, May 12, 2015

Bishop of Indigenous spiritual ministry receives honorary doctorate

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The Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa, Bishop of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, has received an honorary doctoral degree from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.

Bishop Mamakwa accepted the degree—Doctor of Divinity—on Monday, May 11 at the college’s annual convocation ceremony, where she addressed more than 35 graduates from the Class of 2015 and their friends and family.

“I feel very happy to be amongst these people here, and I really admire the graduates that worked so hard to get their degrees,” Bishop Mamakwa said afterward.

“For me to be a part of their convocation, I feel really blessed to be part of that. So I give thanks to God.”

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald presented Bishop Mamakwa with the honorary doctorate. Referring to her as an “inspirational” leader, he called the degree both “a great honour for her” and “a great honour for Indigenous people.”

In his remarks, Bishop MacDonald asked the audience to consider the deeper significance of the moment.

“I think that we could say that Lydia, more than any other person, is an icon of God’s future for the church in Canada—that she reveals a trajectory of the living word of God in life that shows to us what God wants for us,” he said.

“That’s not just a revitalized Indigenous church,” he added. “But it’s a new church, a new people of God, touched by God’s power and by God’s grace.”

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Upon accepting the honorary doctorate, Bishop Mamakwa addressed the Class of 2015 and congratulated them on their graduation.

Much of her address took its inspiration from Romans 12:1–8, a biblical passage that had stuck with Bishop Mamakwa from an early age, in which Paul acknowledges God’s mercy and exhorts the faithful to offer their bodies as living sacrifices.

“Paul tells us not to conform to the pattern of this world,” she said, “but tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.”

Recalling her upbringing in a one-room cabin with her grandparents—both devoted Anglicans—Bishop Mamakwa noted how her grandfather would lead morning and evening prayers using the Cree version of the Book of Common Prayer, originally translated by the first bishop of Moosonee.

While she herself spoke Oji-Cree, Bishop Mamakwa remembered being fascinated as she listened to the prayers read from the Cree prayer book.

“It was as if my grandparents were speaking another language to converse with their Creator,” she said, noting that she went on to use the Cree prayer book in her own prayers.

“God puts people in our paths to lead us through their example—like my grandparents did,” Bishop Mamakwa said.

“As St. Paul’s letter says, we all have different gifts,” she added. “Through these different gifts, we learn from one another. We teach one another. We may come from different cultural and racial backgrounds, but we all belong to the body of Christ. Through this, we become the family of God. Families support and encourage one another. Thus, we do the same as the family of God.”

Speaking afterward, Bishop MacDonald described that diversity as part of the wider significance of Bishop Mamakwa’s honorary doctorate.

“I think what it says, really, is that the Indigenous part of the church is going to be an animating, energizing part of the larger church,” he said. “I think it says that there is a bright future ahead for us.”

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 12, 2015

Joint Assembly set for 2019

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Journal staff


The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will meet together for a second time in a joint assembly to be held in Vancouver in 2019.

The first joint meeting of the governing bodies of the two churches – which have been in full communion since 2001 – was held in Ottawa in 2013. The two churches met as one group except when required to meet and vote as separate legal entities.

The 2019 assembly, to be held “probably in July,” will be hosted by the Anglican diocese of New Westminster and the British Columbia Synod of the ELCIC, and supported by the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.

The 2019 gathering “will help build on the work that God did among us in that first Joint Assembly” and will also draw “our two churches more and more closely together, in God’s mission ‘for the love of the world,’” said a joint announcement issued by the two churches.

The announcement noted that the 2013 assembly, which adopted the theme, Together for the Love of the World, “broke important new ground in the growing global pattern of relationship between Lutheran and Anglican churches.”

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Anglican Journal News, May 08, 2015